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Mosque opens its doors to more than 300 visitors

The day was a big success. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Muslim community in Chelmsford welcomed more than 300 people to the Central Mosque today to give them a better understanding of Islam.

It comes after a reported increase in hate crimes and Donald Trump's recent travel ban.

The Chelmsford Muslim Society says there's been a need to engage with the local community for some time.

It's been really good, really positive.

Some people have never been here before, one or two people have and quite a few people will have been surprised about how similar the religion is with Christianity and with Judaism so for us it's been really nice, really positive.

– Ayman Syed, Chelmsford Muslim Society